Thank you to Sul­tan’s saviour

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

I was pet-sit­ting Sul­tan, my fa­ther’s cat, while he was out of the coun­try last year.

Un­for­tu­nately, on the first day, Sul­tan was ac­ci­den­tally let out and went miss­ing. Sul­tan’s been an out­door cat for all his 17 years, has sev­eral health prob­lems in­clud­ing hy­per­thy­roid and spinal steno­sis, and he re­quires daily med­i­ca­tion.

I was quite con­cerned, as I live about 11 kilo­me­tres from my fa­ther’s house and Sul­tan did not know the area. I put up posters, called the lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion, put an add on Ki­jiji and vis­ited the Win­nipeg Hu­mane So­ci­ety, all to no avail.

Sul­tan had gone miss­ing with­out a trace.

When my fa­ther fi­nally ar­rived home six weeks later, I had to break the news to him that Sul­tan was gone. My fa­ther was heart­bro­ken; Sul­tan was his best friend. At the age of 77, my fa­ther was un­likely to get an­other an­i­mal.

Three months later, I re­ceived a phone call say­ing that Sul­tan had been found, thanks to a mi­crochip we had got­ten for him al­most 15 years ago.

We picked him up from a lo­cal an­i­mal hospi­tal. Sul­tan was very mal­nour­ished and weak. We learned he was found try­ing to en­ter the Cen­ten- nial Concert Hall dur­ing a concert.

I live in East Kil­do­nan, and my fa­ther lives in the West End. Sul­tan had trav­elled seven kilo­me­tres in the right di­rec­tion to reach the concert hall, and he must have crossed ei­ther the Louise Bridge or the Dis­raeli Bridge.

I want to thank the per­son who called the Hu­mane So­ci­ety to have Sul­tan picked up from the Cen­ten­nial Concert Hall. This per­son may have saved Sul­tan’s life and cer­tainly brought some hap­pi­ness back to my fa­ther’s.

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